First of all, congratulations go to Michigan. They played a hell of a game today.
I thought that it started out as a real good football game. Both teams came ready today.
What happened out there was pretty obvious. Mistakes played a major role, and that's the way that it's been in this series over the last four years. Turnovers and special teams have really factored in.
We didn't do a good enough job protecting the football. They had something to do with that with the way they play defense. They did a great job leading the country coming in, and we helped them add to that lead.
The credit goes to them. They played an excellent game. We'll go back to work tomorrow.
Iowa was better this week than last.
It would be hard not to. And I mean that in all seriousness. If we played worse than we did last week, it would just have been hard to live with.
Again, both teams came ready to play. Our guys did a much better job during the course of the week. They showed up focused and ready to go. We played a team that was better than us today.
What happened on the handoff where it looked like it hit (FB Tom) Busch?
I couldn't tell. I know we checked to it. They gave us a front that necessitated a check. I also know that it was down near their student section, which is a tough end of the field to try improvise. I'd have to see the tape to know exactly what happened.
Eliminate a few of the turnovers, and you're right there.
Yeah. Again, in this series if you turn the football over or if you don't play well on special teams, you're probably going to come out as the loser.
We had great respect for Michigan to create the turnover with nine picks and five fumbles coming into the game. They just zoomed right up the charts today. They were plus four. It's not us helping them out. They did a great job in that regard. But that really was the story of the game.
Penalties played a role, too.
They did. We're still suffering from a couple of dumb ones. We're going to have to get that cleaned up. We've talked about that if we're going to get better. I think that we were out of the personal foul business today. At least that was a plus.
Jermelle was kind of limping around. Was he hurt?
I don't think so. Not to my knowledge.
Is Sean (Considine) hurt?
He sprained his foot. He would have been back in there if he was able to go. We held him out in the second half to be wise. Hopefully it's nothing major. They X-rayed it as negative. Now it's a matter of how quickly he gets back.
It was a positive. Marcus, he's hardly a veteran, he moved back to free. Miguel Merrick jumped in at strong. They reacted pretty well on the fly in that regard.
On that first drive, you were pretty crisp.
We did. We shoed some signs of life there. We're making mistakes, but we did some things better today offensively. We showed some growth. Obviously, we have to grow more and we have to grow faster. But at least we looked more like an offensive unit today.
Was the intention to go more with the pass this week?
Our plan was to act like every game. We practiced 50-50 and let the game kind of dictate how things grow.
At what point did you kind of feel things slipping away?
Which turnover do you pick, I guess? But we came back in the second half. We got off of the field defensively. We drove the ball to make it 16-10. We gave some thought there of maybe going for a touchdown. That being said, it probably would have been a dumb play. So, we took the three points.
To me, at that point, we were right back in it. Then, I think we turned it over again. And that put us in a pretty tough hole. To get behind double digits with the state of offense we're in right now probably isn't the smartest thing to do.
What about Tate's quarterbacking?
I've just got nothing but respect for Drew Tate. The guy is a tough-minded, competitive guy. He'' going to help us win a lot of football games. We just have to continue to improve around him.
Don't get me wrong. He made some mistakes today, too. He'd be the first guy to tell you. But the guy is a competitor, and I know that he's going to keep getting better.
Did Jermelle run OK for you liking?
I have to see the tape. I didn't think we had many gaping holes out there. We obviously didn't open a lot of things out there.
Can you talk about Tony Jackson's play?
Tony played like a senior today. We were hopeful during the week that he'd have some opportunities. And he made some great, tough plays.
We're in a state right now we're our senior guys, we need them all helping us and making plays for us. That was a real positive.
Did Gates pretty well? Is that why Brian (Ferentz) didn't get in?
It was going to be more by feel, although I couldn't tell you what the feeling would be, good bad or indifferent. The good news is that he is able to play. I can't tell you when it's going to be, but today we just didn't get to it. Maybe next week.
What about Simmons?
Same thing. We never got into a flow. So, I don't know what that is. Maybe we'll define it more clearly during the week.
How do you feel about your team?
Ah. Could you be a little more specific, I guess.
I guess, with four down and seven to go, where are you right now?
You know, if we came off of the field today like we did last week, I'd be real concerned about a lot of things. But the positive today is that we prepared more like a football team is supposed to this week. We practiced a little bit more like a football team is supposed to. And, we competed a little bit more like a football team is supposed to.
We saw some bright things out there; some positives. That being said, we're not playing well enough right now to win consistently in this conference. What we all need to realize is that we're all going to have to continue to work harder. The good news is that we've got a game this week and then we've got a six-game schedule after that.
We've played one in the conference. It's really in our hands what we want to do with this season.